Zeina & Zak. Engagement.

December 18, 2009

I flew in to Edmonton on the coldest weekend of the year. The temperatures soared in low 30’s and 40’s C, the snow squeaked under the boots, and face – threatened to fall off within seconds of ‘fresh air’ exposure. But sitting at Three Bananas cafe with a steaming soy latte somehow held the promise of an amazing weekend with the beautiful couple I was about to meet. 

Zeina and Zak made me forget all about the disastrous weather – we found not only refuge but also beautiful light all over downtown – City Hall, city center, and of course the cozy coffee shop you may remember from Kathy & Rob’s engagement session. This Friday afternoon’s celebration of their love was followed by an outrageously fun wedding on Sunday… I was rushing to break my own record of the fastest turnaround time for these winter engagement photos – and guess what … they made a great slideshow for the guests on the wedding day!! 

city hall engagement pictureI love the texture of the city hall walls … and Zeina & Zak look like movie stars. 
vancouver engagement pictureOne of my favorites. Was I even around? 🙂
engagement photos edmontonAnother one before moving outside…
lebanese couple engagement photosThe snowball is past Zak’s head – Zeina was too quick for me! 
fun winter engagement photosThey were so brave to slow down with me… and we jolted to warm up!
vancouver engagement portraits Love the boots!
coffee shop engagement photosIt was so great to see them leave the stress of last minute wedding touches and enjoy each other. 
laughing engagement photos“You say it best … when you say nothing at all” – jumping ahead of myself a little… Reminded me of their song for the first dance.
kissing engagement picturesAnother one of my favorites in black and white.
tender engagement photograph For this one, I stepped outside the cafe to creep in from the outside. The blurred curtain to the left is actually my red glove, blocking the mirrored shadows.
black white engagement photographs creativeBack to the city hall, to wander the empty hallways.
engagement photos black whiteengagement photographer vancouverAnother few favorites taken from the outside looking in…
beautiful engagement pictures… I felt so lucky to be near them and share these beautiful moments. 
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  1. Ekaterina

    December 18th, 2009 at 16:58

    Katya, these are so beautiful! They are so in the moment like you are not even there at all. Can’t wait to see the wedding photos. A-aaand you were very brave being outside at -40C.

  2. Sergei Belski

    December 18th, 2009 at 17:00

    Great job, beautiful photos!!

  3. laurahana

    December 18th, 2009 at 17:20

    Gorgeous set! I especially love the third from the top and the one from outside the window.

  4. s h e r r y

    December 18th, 2009 at 20:43

    So cute! I love the snowball picture!

  5. Katya Nova

    December 22nd, 2009 at 03:39

    Thanks for the sweet comments! 🙂

  6. Katya Nova

    December 23rd, 2009 at 19:56

    Thanks so much for the warm words!

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